Hurricane Sally Has Rapidly Intensified and Continues to Strengthen as it Approaches Gulf Coast
By weather.com meteorologists
3 hours ago
Hurricane Sally Strengthens in Gulf of Mexico
Hurricane Sally is getting stronger as it nears the northern Gulf Coast.
At a Glance
- Hurricane Sally has rapidly intensified as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast.
- Sally’s slow movement will result in prolonged impacts on the Gulf Coast.
- Life-threatening storm surge is expected, particularly in parts of southeast Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
- Flooding rain is a major threat from Sally on the Gulf Coast and farther inland across the Southeast this week.
- Damaging winds are expected near where Sally’s center crosses the coast.
Hurricane Sally has rapidly intensified and additional strengthening is anticipated as it tracks toward the northern Gulf Coast, where it will bring an extremely dangerous storm surge, flooding rainfall and damaging winds early this week. Sally will also pose a threat of flooding rainfall farther inland across parts of the Southeast.
Sally will produce a deadly duo of human-height storm surge and a foot or more of rainfall in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Nearly 90% of deaths caused by hurricanes are the result of a combination of rainfall flooding, storm surge and rip currents.
Preparations for Sally’s impacts should be rushed to completion. Follow the advice of local officials if you are ordered to evacuate.
A hurricane warning has been issued from Morgan City, Louisiana, eastward to Navarre, Florida, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans. Hurricane conditions (winds 74 mph or greater) are expected in some parts of this area by late Monday night or early Tuesday.
Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect to west and east of this hurricane warning, including parts of Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.
A storm surge warning is also in effect from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line in Florida, including Mobile Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Lake Borgne. This means there will be a danger of life-threatening inundation from storm surge within the warning area in the next 36 hours.